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Plagiarism: Avoiding Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

"The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own."--Oxford English Dictionary

  • Incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs or parts of another person's writing, without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as one's own work.
  • Representing another's artistic/scholarly work (e.g., musical compositions, computer programs, etc.) as one's own.
  • Submitting a paper purchased from a research or term paper service, including those over the World Wide Web

--UA Office of Student Judicial Affairs

Please keep in mind that plagiarism is still plagiarism even if it is unintentional! Have you ever tried telling a police officer that you thought the speed limit was 55mph when in fact it was 35mph? Ignorance of the law is never an excuse.

Academic Integrity at the University of Akron

"The University of Akron community regards academic misconduct as a serious matter.  It is your responsibility to know what constitutes academic misconduct."

--UA  Office of Student Judicial Affairs

From UA's Code of Student Conduct:

"Academic misconduct is any activity that compromises the academic integrity of the student and university, and undermines the educational process." [3359-41-01(D)(1)]

This includes plagiarism, defined in part as: "Intentional or unintentional representation of ideas or works of another author or creator in whole or in part as the student’s own without properly citing the original source for those ideas or works." [3359-41-01(D)(1)(b)(i)]

Better Safe than Sorry: Self-Guided Tutorials

Below are links to short videos, tutorials and lessons to help you avoid plagiarism:

What Do I Need to Cite?

Organize Your Sources!

Here are some tools to keep track of your sources, organize them, and create bibliographies for your assignments: